Ray Owen Con­cours

Old Bike Australasia - - CONTENTS - Re­port and pho­tos Gaven Dall’Osto

This event keeps get­ting bet­ter ev­ery year. It is a credit to the Tam­borine Area of the HMCCQ and it does the late Ray Owen name proud. This year’s cho­sen mar­que was Indian and a large dis­play from circa 1902 through to the present was spon­sored by Indian Mo­tor­cy­cles Bris­bane. There was no time to sit idle with the show bike dis­play, huge swap meet, ven­dor tents, food vans and a show and tell mo­tor­cy­cle on stage ev­ery half hour. The only non-mo­tor­cy­cle re­lated pres­ence was that of the Gold Coast Hos­pi­tal Foun­da­tion. The Ray Owen is run in sup­port of this char­ity and money raised from their sales tent along with a do­na­tion from the event tak­ings goes to­wards re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion equip­ment. Dur­ing the tro­phy pre­sen­ta­tion, Vicky James (the FundRais­ing Man­ager) brought along a Quickie ‘Tilt in Space’ wheel­chair to show where last year’s funds went.

The mo­tor­cy­cles on dis­play were var­ied with a good cross sec­tion of his­tory from the veter­ans to the ‘80s. I was par­tic­u­larly in­ter­ested in the replica Roper Steam-pow­ered ve­loci­pede on dis­play. It was built by My­ron Givets as a retirement project and was all fired up and steam­ing away. The ac­com­pa­ny­ing plac­ard stated that the Sylvester H Roper was a con­tender for the very first pow­ered bi­cy­cle. This was a replica of Sylvester’s sec­ond ver­sion which was de­signed in 1884 es­pe­cially as a pace ve­hi­cle for bi­cy­cle rac­ing on banked tracks. Ap­par­ently, it was at one such event while on a speed run (where he was clocked at over 40mph) Sylvester suf­fered a heart at­tack, rolled to a stop and passed away on the side of the track. Could this have been the first mo­tor­cy­cle fa­tal­ity?

The Vet­eran mo­tor­cy­cle dis­play was again well rep­re­sented. An im­mac­u­late bright yellow BSA out­fit with Au­to­mo­bile As­so­ci­a­tion liv­ery also caught my eye. The Com­pe­ti­tion sec­tion was very healthy and these nor­mally well trashed species were amaz­ingly pre­sented to a con­course stan­dard. The Owen fam­ily also had some of Ray’s trusty Tri­umphs on show along with a few pho­tos and Ray’s rac­ing bib. It is al­ways won­der­ful

to see the fam­ily still sup­port­ing the event in Ray’s ab­sence.

I was also most impressed with the tro­phies this year. They were all hand crafted from re­cy­cled mo­tor­cy­cle parts and more of a sculp­ture than a tro­phy. If I were to give a tro­phy for the best tro­phies it would be to Tom Gilroy from Pur­pose Built Moto who made these trea­sures. The pre­sen­ta­tion is one of the high­lights of the day. The tire­less judges all pool the re­sults and then plant blue rosettes on the win­ning mo­tor­cy­cles and red ‘Highly Com­mended’ rosettes for the run­ner­sup. The win­ning own­ers are then asked to as­sem­ble near the pre­sen­ta­tion stage. Mike Han­nan (2019 HMCCQ Club Cham­pion), Lind­say Donai (Tam­bourine Club Pres­i­dent) and Ken But­ler (HMCCQ Pres­i­dent) pre­sented the tro­phies.

My high­light of the pre­sen­ta­tion was that of the Best Side­car. A bit too dif­fi­cult to ramp up onto the stage with his Indian 4, Ian Ren­nie en­tered the pre­sen­ta­tion area be­side the stage with Pat Owen (Ray’s wife) in the chair.

It was a lovely ges­ture. It was an awe­some day once again and thanks must go to the many Tam­borine Area vol­un­teers and of course the spon­sors California Cus­toms, Shan­nons, Indian Mo­tor­cy­cles Bris­bane, BSA Trans­port, Rebel FM and the Gold Coast Hos­pi­tal Foun­da­tion.

Vet­eran Class Win­ner Soapy Sin­clair’s 1913 Bal­main Pre­ci­sion.

Kawasaki Po­lice Spe­cial in full re­galia.

His­toric ‘70s and Peo­ple’s Choice win­ner John Ran­del’s 1974 Du­cati 750SS. Gaven Dall’Osto re­ceives the Post War and Chair­man’s Choice for his 1954 MV Agusta 175 CSS. To the res­cue! BSA Out­fit in Au­to­mo­bile As­so­ci­a­tion Liv­ery. My­ron Givets’ replica 1896 Roper steamer. DOCQ dis­play was well pa­tro­n­ised.

Bum­ble bee seat sets off this Rick­man Honda.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.